British birthstone of the month. December = Turquoise, plus our new turquoise necklace.

Turquoise in the rough. Photo. sourced from terapeak.com
Turquoise in the rough. Photo. sourced from terapeak.com
Our new, stunningTurquoise necklace. Turquoise, Sterling silver, 18st.gold, fluortie and hand carved African blackwood.
Our new, stunning Turquoise necklace. Turquoise, Sterling silver, 18st.gold, fluorite and hand carved African blackwood.
Another photo. of our new turquoise and African blackwood necklace.
Our new turquoise and African blackwood necklace.

We thought that the mixture of our silver tubes and hand carved African blackwood, interspersed with little dashes of 18ct.gold, worked wonderfully with the turquoise to create this stunning necklace.

The substance that we now know as turquoise has been treasured for many years under different names. The word turquoise dates back to the 17th century, when the mineral was brought into Europe from Turkey.  The word Turquoise is derived from the French word “turques” for “Turks”.

Turquoise is a blue to gray-green mineral consisting of copper aluminum phosphate.  Turquoise is formed in drier climates, in rock formations that originated from volcanic activity. In some areas water worked its way through porous rocks and left behind minerals such as copper, Iron and aluminium and through two natural processes,  weathering and oxidation, turquoise is formed. It can usually be found as incrustation in cracks or as nuggets.

Copper gives the mineral its blue coloring. If there is more iron present in the mineral then you get a greenish turquoise and if there is more zinc then a yellowish turquoise colour is formed. Veins are often found in turquoise, this pattern is called a matrix  or webbing. The veins are the remnants of the rock that originally hosted the turquoise and through millions of years of weathering and oxidation it is formed into veins.

We love to use Turquoise in our jewellery, it’s one of our favourite stones.

One of our bangles.
One of our bangles. Sterling silver, 18ct. gold, Veined turquoise, hand carved Wenge and African Blackwood.
A pair of our Asymmetrical cufflinks.
A pair of our Asymmetrical cufflinks.
Another one of our turquoise bangles.
Another one of our turquoise bangles. Sterling silver, 18ct.gold, veined turquoise.
Our large arc earrings use two different colours of turquoise.
Our large arc earrings use two different colours of turquoise.
We often use lots of turquoise in our key necklaces.
We often use lots of turquoise in our key necklaces.
Coin necklace with various turquoise and other stones.
Coin necklace with various turquoise and other stones.

All of the above jewellery can be found on our website, including our wonderful new necklace.

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